384 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 0.96 in
April 2, 2013
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0451414373
ISBN - 13: 9780451414373
Read from the Book
1Scott Hipp turned off I-295 South in Fort Meade, Maryland, at the dedicated exit entitled “NSA Employees Only” and drove to the mirrored black building that is the headquarters of the National Security Agency. The NSA was that part of the United States intelligence community responsible for communications surveillance and code breaking, and Hipp was its deputy director for cryptology, so he could park in the underground garage instead of in one of the eighteen thousand parking spaces surrounding the building.Feeling smug that he would return to a cool automobile instead of one baking outside, he inserted his ID badge in the elevator panel and rode up to his office on the top floor, which he entered at the stroke of eight a.m., as he did every day. Four people awaited him at his conference table, drinking his coffee.Hipp set his briefcase on the conference table and sat down. “Tell me something I don’t know,” he said without preamble.The four exchanged some glances and shuffled through their papers.Hipp watched them with satisfaction, since he knew they knew there was not much he didn’t know.“How about a cryptology joke?” asked one of them, removing a sheet of paper from a stack.“Amuse me,” Hipp said.“Overnight down at Fort Gordon, one of our computers picked up a twenty-two-second cell phone conversation between someone in Afghanistan and someone in Yemen. The conversation was too brief to pinpoint locations, and much of it was garbled. The funny part is that, in the middle
From the Publisher
Someone wants to crash Stone Barrington’s party in Stuart Woods’s bestselling series.
Stone Barrington is in Bel-Air, overseeing the grand opening of the ultra-luxe hotel, The Arrington, built on the grounds of the mansion belonging to his late wife, Arrington Carter.
The star-studded gala will be attended by socialites, royalty, and billionaires from overseas…and according to phone conversations intercepted by the NSA, it may also have attracted the attention of international terrorists. To ensure the safety of his guests—and the city of Los Angeles—Stone may have to call in a few favors from his friends at the CIA….
About the Author
Stuart Woods is the author of fifty novels. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his 1981 debut, won an Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New York.
“A world-class mystery writer…I try to put Woods’s books down and I can’t.”—Houston Chronicle
“Woods’s Stone Barrington is a guilty pleasure…he’s also an addiction that’s harder to kick than heroin.”—Contra Costa Times (California)